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drawing of the capital M in front of the Marathon gas station


Zeke Hermiz makes a colorful statement.

by Anita LeBlanc

From the October, 2018 issue

During the day, the capital M in front of the Marathon gas station on the corner of Maple and W. Stadium looks staid; it's composed of simple red pavers nestled in a bed of white rocks and flanked by red mulch. But the pavers are trimmed in holiday lights. They're all but invisible by day, but by night, they transform it into a flashing, color-changing beacon.

Station owner Zeke Hermiz says the M can stand for either Marathon or Michigan. He says it flashes "red, green, and blue, and I don't know what else. Except yellow-no yellow"--allowing, tongue-in-cheek, that its absence may confuse some U-M fans. Hermiz says that the installation of new gas pumps prompted him to spruce up the landscape as well.

With its legs angled out, the Marathon M actually looks more like the University of Minnesota's logo than Michigan's upright version. It could even be read as two As, offering a welcome to Ann Arbor visitors.

"You're the only one" to suggest that, chuckles Hermiz.     (end of article)

[Originally published in October, 2018.]


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